[visionlist] 2nd Call for Illusion Submissions: 14th Best Illusion of the Year Contest
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Thu May 31 11:47:24 -05 2018
****2ND CALL FOR ILLUSION SUBMISSIONS: THE WORLD'S 14TH ANNUAL BEST ILLUSION
OF THE YEARSM CONTEST****
We are happy to announce the 14th edition of world's Best Illusion of the
YearSM Contest!! Submissions are now welcome!
In 2015, the Best Illusion of the YearSM Contest became an annual online
event, with the goal of bringing the creativity of the illusion creator
community all around the world. Anybody with an internet connection can now
participate! No matter where you live, you can be a contestant, and/or vote
for the Top 3 winners!
Contestants are invited to submit 1-minute YouTube videos featuring novel
illusions (unpublished, or published no earlier than 2017) of all sensory
modalities (visual, auditory, etc.) and/or cognitive nature.
The content of the 1-minute video presenting your illusion is solely up to
you, and the only requirement is that it wows all viewers! Some examples
include, but are not limited to:
* -A slide presentation, or succession of images, with a voice over
(and/or written text, if you prefer)
* -A video of yourself describing your illusion
* -A video animation/enactment of your illusion
An international panel of impartial judges will rate all the videos and
narrow them down to the Top 10. Then, online voters around the world will
choose their favorite illusions from the Top 10 finalists. All Top 10
finalists will receive a commemorative plaque.
In addition, the Top 3 winners will receive cash prizes: $3,000 USD for
first place; $2,000 USD for second place, and $1,000 USD for third place.
The Judge Panel will rate illusions according to:
* -Significance to our understanding of the human mind and brain
* -Simplicity of the description
* -Sheer beauty
* -Counterintuitive quality
Submissions will be held in strict confidence by the Judge Panel. Only the
Top 10 illusions will be posted online, to allow worldwide voting.
Participation in the Best Illusion of the YearSM Contest does not preclude
you from also submitting your work for publication elsewhere. By
participating in the Best Illusion of the YearSM Contest you agree to have
your illusion posted on the Contest website, if selected among the Top 10,
and included in press releases and other promotional materials/fundraising
initiatives for the Contest. You (and your co-authors, if appropriate) will
retain the full copyright of your illusion, and receive full credit as
Illusions submitted to previous editions of the contest can be re-submitted
to the 2018 Contest, as long as they meet the above requirements and were
not among the Top 10 finalists in previous years.
You can send your 1-minute video to Susana Martinez-Conde via email (
<mailto:smart at neuralcorrelate.com> smart at neuralcorrelate.com) until June 25,
On behalf of the Executive Board of the Neural Correlate Society:
Jose-Manuel Alonso, Stephen Macknik, Susana Martinez-Conde, Luis Martinez,
Xoana Troncoso, Peter Tse
Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD
Author, Champions of Illusion and <http://www.sleightsofmind.com/> Sleights
Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Physiology & Pharmacology
State University of New York (SUNY)
Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Ave, Brooklyn NY 11203, USA
Email: <mailto:smart at neuralcorrelate.com> smart at neuralcorrelate.com
Phone: <tel:%2B1%20718-270-4520> +1 718-270-4520
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